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Investing in Maine: Harold Alfond Foundation Grant Aims to Foster Growth & Opportunity in Maine


The Harold Alfond Foundation recently announced an unprecedented grant of more than $500 million to higher education and research institutions in Maine, with the goal of fostering growth and opportunities for Maine's future. We learn about the diverse ways in which the grant recipients will apply those funds, and what they see as the best approaches to promote Maine's economy.


Greg Powell, chairman of the board, Harold Alfond Foundation

Joseph Aoun, president, Northeastern University

Kim Hamilton, president, FocusMaine

David Greene, president, Colby College

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, president, University of Maine

Jens Rueter, medical director, The Jackson Laboratory

James Herbert, president, University of New England


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.